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Sunny Days and Tips for Lips!

Good morning and happy Friday once again!


It feels as though winter has finally arrived in our neck of the woods, doesn’t it? After a December that was relatively warm (you know, for the winter) January has plunged us right into a deep freeze. The tradeoff is that at least we are getting to see the sun, and we hope that those grey, damp days are somewhat behind us.

Winter sun can help our mood and outlook.

If your mood improves with the sun, you’re not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, can have a real impact on your life. For those with SAD, it’s not just a wish for more days of sunshine and warmth, it’s a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year, and clinicians and researchers believe it is due to the lack of exposure to natural sunlight which is fairly typical in this part of the world during the winter months. You can read more about Seasonal Affective Disorder here on the CAMH website, and, as always, if you think this is something that might be affecting your life of the life of someone you know, help is available.


Since light therapy seems to be one of the treatments, it’s worth noting that the Hamilton Public Library offers light therapy lamps in some of their branches. You can just go, grab a book or magazine, pull up a chair and bathe yourself in soothing, therapeutic light. If more “me time” was on your list of goals or resolutions for 2019, this is a perfect solution. Decompress AND help banish the grey days at the same time.


For more on banishing the grey – no, we’re not talking about hair this time – we have a lovely Friday video for you from Aveda’s YouTube channel, all about creating the perfect lip for day or night, featuring one of Aveda’s partners, the lovely Antonnette, and using products and colours from Aveda’s amazing Feed My Lips collection.


Antonnette takes us to an Aveda salon where she receives a quick lip makeover featuring prep, prime, liner, and colour, then takes us home where she recreates the look, but this time making it a little bolder, in preparation for her date.

Prep is SO important, not only for long-lasting lip colour, but also for locking in moisture in these frigid temperatures. Treat your lips like you treat the rest of your face and body – moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – and you’ll avoid those awful chapped and cracked lip situations!


It’s a rough time of year here in Ontario, the elements can really take their toll on body, mind, and soul, but we’re all in it together, friends. Lift each other up, and be sure to check in on friends and family members as you can, to see how they are coping in the cold depths of winter.


Enjoy the weekend, everyone. We’ll see you back here on Tuesday!


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Golden Girls and Boys at the Golden Globes

You know the holidays have officially ended when BAM. All of a sudden it’s awards season once again!


The first ceremony in a (relatively) long series of awards ceremonies, was held Sunday night. The Golden Globes, always considered a slightly more casual and definitely boozier

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 06: Indya Moore attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

night than, say, the Oscars is a favourite among watchers for just those reasons. And, of course, there is always the red carpet, a competitive sport for those of us watching along at home.


Were you among the millions who watched from the comfort of their living room? If you missed it, that’s ok! We are here to help you through with our guide to the fabulous red carpet looks.


And let’s be honest, they’re all pretty fabulous. We’re not here to judge on the Willow Salon blog! We try to avoid the best- and worst-dressed websites that pop up post-awards show, because it’s just not fair. Sure some looks fly better than others, but it’s one outfit and one night. Let’s just talk about how everyone is best-dressed! And, of course, you – and we – are allowed to have our favourites!


If you want to see every – actually every look from Sunday night, look no further than The Muse, bringing you just that, with some excellent commentary from the author.


Cosmopolitan has a video featuring their picks for the sexiest looks on the red carpet, and Deadline also has their “best of” slideshow so you’re pretty much covered for seeing what everyone wore.


But what about faves? What did you love?


There were, as always, a few themes throughout the night. Ice blue was HOT for sure. Lady Gaga, Gina Rodriguez, and Alison Brie nailed those colours, and then we also had dark/midnight blue that looked so good on Gemma Chan, Amy Adams, and Idris Elba. 

From Deadline


There were amazing metallics, hella plunging necklines, and some sweet, sweet, structured suits on icons Jamie Lee Curtis and Candace Bergen. Also, how cool are Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry? Check out VOGUE for more GG fashion too, of course.


Saving a personal favourite for last, can we all agree that Billy Porter pretty much RULES with this outfit? That bedazzled suit. THAT FREAKIN’ CAPE?!? Amazing.

Billy Porter attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

Enjoy the photos if you have time to check them out, friends. And just think, only a few weeks ‘til it’s Oscars night and we can do it all again.


Thanks for reading, everyone. Enjoy the week, chat with you again on Friday.

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Two Icons Get a Makeover…Read All About It!

Hello, friends, and welcome to the first Friday of the new year! Ah, Friday. We get one every week, but somehow that first one always seems to be special. Never mind that this “work week” was literally only three days long, that is immaterial. It’s still Friday, you still made it to Friday, so that is always something to celebrate.


And speaking of celebrations, we aren’t sure if you’ve noticed, what with all the hustle and bustle and hubbub of the holidays, BUT two of our favey faves got makeovers recently! New year, new ‘poo (and conditioner!) for both Shampure and Rosemary Mint!


Hold on, we can hear you say, what do you mean “makeovers”? And it’s true. Both the Shampure and Rosemary mint shampoos and conditioners were pretty great to begin with, what’s with changing things up? But don’t worry. There are a couple of changes to formulations and the look of the products, but you’re going to love what Aveda has done.


The good people at the Living Aveda blog have an excellent Q and A about what’s new and what’s different, and we are going to go ahead and answer what we feel might just be your first and most important question here and say YES, the aromas of both are still the same!


Whew. Rosemary Mint and Shampure are virtually iconic in the Aveda lineup and we are happy to say you will still experience the same invigorating aroma you’ve always loved with Rosemary Mint and the same soothing and fresh aroma with Shampure.

The names have changed slightly, making it easier for anyone new to Aveda to determine which products are best suited to their hair, so Nurturing was added to Shampure, and Rosemary Mint shampoo is now known as Purifying, and the conditioner is Weightless. It’s always good to be clear!


The packaging is a little different too, and we think you’ll enjoy the new look!


For more about what to expect with these great products, read all about it on the Living Aveda blog. And then, experience it for yourself the next time you’re at Willow!

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Happy New Year! Happy New Hair?

Good morning and a very Happy New Year to you all! Welcome to the first full day of a brand new year! Isn’t it great? An entire 365 days full of fresh new possibilities, changes, plans, hopes, and dreams.


Out with the old and in with the new, and no matter what your previous year was like, it’s always so refreshing to start anew with a blank calendar or journal, take your pen or pencil and start to make your plans.


If one of your plans involves a new look, you have come to the right place. Today is the perfect day to consider what you want for your hair for 2019, so let us help you get started finding what you want!


Why is January 1st the perfect day to research a new hairstyle? Well, nothing is open, is it? Ok sure, you can online shop BUT you’ve done a lot of that, no doubt! Why not spend today lounging, snacking on leftover New Year’s Eve treats and sipping coffee or leftover bubbly (haha just kidding, as if there is any leftover bubbly, right?!?) and taking some time to figure out what you want for your hair for this coming year!


Are you looking to make a big change, a big chop? Or maybe it’s colour you’re thinking of? Perhaps you’re making a resolution to grow, grow, grow it out!

If it’s focusing on the care and feeding of your hair that you’re most interested it, check back here a bit later in the month when we’ll hine a good roundup of hair care ideas for the winter, but for now, let’s chat a bit about what’s going to be hot in hair for 2019!

We consulted a few of our favourite style sites to see what they have to say about the latest and up and coming looks for this year, and they did not disappoint.


InStyle, always a reliable go-to for what’s hot gives us a smokin’ slideshow that features everything from beachy waves – “next level” beachy waves, in their own words – to sleek updos, higher than high ponytails, and curtain bangs. Whew. Curtain bangs also make an appearance in Refinery29’s fab list of hairstyles everyone will be wanting/wearing this year. They also give a nod to the grown-out pixie (a little longer than your typical pixie cut) and the ever-popular mid-length long bob or lob. That style is evergreen, honestly, it seems to have appeared on every “hot” list for the past few years. It’s no surprise, of course, this is an extremely versatile look and one that, if you’re on the grow it out team, you might want to consider as your 2019 look!


Finally, we took a look at what ELLE has to say, and they kick things off with the return of the beehive (honestly!) as well as a look at taking accessorizing to the extreme. In fact, all three sites tout hair accessories – and the more the merrier – as a big 2019 trend, so stock up on your barrettes, bobby pins, rhinestone clips, combs, and more to glam it up in style!


Now, this might seem just a little overwhelming if you were up late last night, as we are sure a lot of you were! And there is no pressure of course, but since the first day of the new year is typically a time to reflect and plan, we thought we would help you take that first step. January is the perfect time to find your style for the year, and once you’ve given it some thought and you’re ready to take the plunge, call Willow to set up your appointment, and start your new year with a bang! Or no bangs! Whatever you want! (See what we did there? Bangs? Get it?)


Enjoy today, friends. We’re happy you’re here with us for another trip around the sun, and we look forward to seeing you in person and here on the blog throughout 2019. Go get ‘em, blogfriends. This is your year.

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Home Stretch: Celebrate the End of the Celebrations!

Good morning and happy Friday, everyone!


We are in that sweet spot between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and we hope you’ve been enjoying the holidays. If you’re back to work, the routine might seem like a nice change to the busyness of the last few days. Sometimes routine – yes, that thing that gets a little mundane occasionally – can be just what we need when life gets a little hectic.


Ah, routine. The past few weeks have made it seem as though routine, or the everyday, might have just been a thing of the past. But things always do return to normal, eventually. And once January hits, well, routine becomes our best friend yet again.


If you’re making plans for the new year, a return to routine might be something you’re craving, and it’s completely understandable.


December can sometimes mean all plans, all routines, all, well everything, go right out the window. Even in spite of our attempts to maintain a sense of normal. As we all know, we’re not always in charge of our plans as much as we’d like to be.


This isn’t to say that our holidays have been awful – not at all! We are usually prepared for an onslaught of hectic times, overindulgences of food and drink, and lots and lots of family and friend interaction. It’s all good! And, the one thing that remains constant with the holiday season is that all these good things must come to an end. We love the festive season, but when that last get together or party is over, we also must admit that we do love to feel that sigh of relief that comes with knowing that everything that’s been crammed into a month is done for now. And life can get back to a more regular pace.

It’s all new, time to shine.

And how do you celebrate that return to normalcy?


A celebration might seem a bit much after all that’s been going on, but let’s talk about a quiet celebration, shall we?


Your celebration might include something like a nice cup of tea and a favourite movie. Or maybe it’s a glass of wine while doing a face or hand mask. Or it might just be a good book and an early night. These are all fabulous ways to signify to yourself that the holidays are on their way out (see you next year!) and your body – and your mind – can get back on track to start 2019 in the best way possible.


And we realize that on December 28th it’s possibly a little early to start thinking about wrapping things up for the year. There are still a few days to get in those celebrations, including the most celebratory day of the year, New Year’s Eve. But, what we’d like to do for you today, is to get you thinking about what you want to do once the ball drops and the noisemakers are silenced. How do you want to celebrate the end of the celebrations? Give it some thought, and if you’re inspired, let us know in the comments!

Enjoy the remainder of 2018, friends. Be excellent to each other. We’ll see you back here on the first day of 2019! 

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Willow Salon Blog Wishes for a Very Merry Christmas

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the weekend! We are down to the final few days before December 25th, and we are most definitely NOT going to ask you “All ready for Christmas?!?” because ready or not, the big day will arrive, and it will be fine and asking whether you’re ready for it puts added, unwanted pressure on your already overworked body and soul.

So, instead, we will just calmly wish you all the happiest of holidays, the merriest of Christmases, the most wonderful time in this most wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for reflection, a time for joy, for giving and for getting together. And we do hope you are able to take the time to do all those things and then some.

We also hope that you take the time to do what your body needs, what your mind needs, and that you find that quiet time that can be so essential among the busy days of the holidays.

We will be taking a small break from the blog on Tuesday – bit of a Christmas closure – but we will be back to get you sorted for the new year exactly one week today.

Enjoy, everyone. We’re just gonna leave this here:


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Get Energized With Tips from Living Aveda!

Happy Tuesday, friends. And, happy officially one week ‘til Christmas. We hope that hasn’t put you in a tailspin of panic. Nah, you’ve got this, right? Nothing to worry about. And there’s still time to do what you need to do! Lots of it, honestly. Especially if you follow the tips we’re touting here from Living Aveda!


When you’re feeling like there aren’t enough minutes in the day – especially in December – it’s tempting to make a plan to get up earlier in the morning in an attempt to squeeze some extra time into your busy schedule. It sounds like a great idea. Set the alarm for an hour or 90 minutes (if you’re truly ambitious) earlier in the day. Get straight out of bed, and get right to whatever it is you’re trying to make time to do. Maybe you want to get a head start on wrapping presents. Or perhaps it’s baking or cooking prep time you’re in need of. Maybe you want to check the online shopping deals and do your shopping before sunrise. Whatever your plan is, starting extra early will surely be a game changer, right?


Or will it?


Mornings can be haaaaard, friends. We all know that. There are, of course, people who thrive on early morning wake-ups, and good for them! But even early risers, when faced with an extra early rising time, might suffer a little bit too. And, given that the busy festive season is upon us, we might be finding our nights are a lot later too. Which makes it doubly hard.


If however, you are committed to gaining a little more time in the pre-dawn hours of the day, the Living Aveda blog has some excellent tips to ensure that you make the most of your time AND that you can get out of bed in the first place!


These 6 tips seem like such common sense, but honestly, when you’re feeling super busy common sense often goes straight out the window. So have a look at what Living Aveda is suggesting and see where you can maybe make a wee change or two in order to start bouncing out of bed, feeling energized and ready to start the day.

Our faves? Breakfast, breakfast, breakfast! So often we forget to start our day with food – but we need it! If you’re skipping breakfast because you know you’ve got a festive (ie large) lunch or big dinner plans, maybe think twice. Even just some yogurt or a piece of toast can go a long way to helping you feel nourished and set for the day.


We also love the idea of a new alarm clock. There are some amazing ones on the market including the types that wake you up slowly with nature sounds or soft chimes. If you’re still waking up to a screaming iPhone or (if you’re more old school) a classic rock station, you may want to investigate some other options. When you’re startled out of a deep sleep it’s just so tempting to whack that machine get your snooze on. But, if you’re gently awakened by something a little less jarring, you might just want to get out of bed after all.


And, we wouldn’t be the Willow Salon blog if we didn’t remind you to drink lots of water. Yes, eggnog is amazing, but keep yourself hydrated, friends. Your brain and your muscles will thank you!


Have a wonderful week, everyone. We’ll chat again on Friday.  

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Early Morning? Just Fake It!

Happy Friday, friends!

How are your holiday festivities going? Are you taking care of yourself? Getting good amounts of rest? Eating healthy foods when possible? Drinking lots of water – including between alcoholic beverages?

Now, before you roll your eyes in a quintessential “Okay, mom” kind of way, remember that we, your blog team, did promise you a holiday season filled with tips on taking care of yourself – mind and body. And, like your mom, it’s because we care.

Having said that, of course, we also understand the desire to live life to the fullest, to burn the candle at both ends, etc., etc… And we especially understand it during the holidays. Why NOT make the most of every invitation, every opportunity to go out, to stay out late, to overindulge? You only live once, as they say, and while taking care of yourself IS of utmost importance, we know that living it up is almost as important. Who is with us on that?!? We thought so.

Rise and shine! And look awake, too!

So today we’ll take a little break from our health and mindful kinds of posts to bring you one that can help you when you’ve stayed out a little too late and you have to be on in the morning. We’ve all been there, so let’s have a look at what the pros do to fake it, and who better to ask about how to look awake when you maybe don’t feel awake but TV morning show anchors. Not only do they have to get up at an unholy time of the day (usually the middle of the night, to the rest of us!) but they also have to look really good while doing their job. Now, most of us do try to look our best on the job, of course. But what about those women who are seen bright and early by thousands of people. On TV. On really big TVs. How do they do it?

Obviously, TV people have other TV people to make them look good, but Glamour has a nice roundup of favourite products from some famous TV morning show anchors – stuff they swear by – that helps give them that extra edge. And who doesn’t need/want an extra edge during the holidays?!?

The article, published last month, is called The Beauty Products Morning TV Anchors Swear By to Look Awake, or How to Fake Looking Awake, According to TV Anchors. Nothing wrong with a little fake it ‘til you make it, we always say.

There’s a little bit of everything in here, from toothpaste choices to concealer, to an eye massager (really!) and so much more. There are bound to be a few things you might want to try if you’re planning on a late night with an early wake-up call the next morning.

So go. Live it up, and have a great time! We wouldn’t be the Willow Salon blog if we didn’t remind you to drink water as much as possible, AND always be sure to have a safe way home. Cab, Uber, transit, a designated driver…whatever your plans are, we just want you to be safe. Ok, and well hydrated too.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone. Bask in the glow of the ones you love, and give your friends and family an extra hug or two if you can. ‘Tis the season, after all.

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Wrap it Up…With Less Stress!

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone! We are back with another informative blog post to (hopefully) help with your stress levels during the festive season.


We know we can’t take away all your stress, but we do hope that by offering a few tips and tricks learned from the web, that you will at least have a few extra minutes to yourself throughout the holidays.


Today we want to talk a little bit about the stress of gift wrap. That’s right. Gift wrap.


For 99% of the calendar year, most of us are pretty diligent citizens of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Once December hits, though, all that hard work often goes right out the window. We are overwhelmed by shopping, decorating, baking, and entertaining, and sometimes our good habits are a little bit lacking.


For instance, we are all pretty good at this point in our lives about taking our own bags to the grocery store, but what about to the mall? If you’re going to be doing a few sessions of intense holiday shopping, it makes sense to take along a few reusable bags, but a quick look around the shopping centre usually tells us that most consumers are still accepting bags from retailers. And it’s ok, we get it! There is a LOT to remember this time of year, and at the same time, who among us has a reusable shopping bag big enough to carry a PS4? Or a giant Lego set?


For some people, the excess plastic, the amount of non-recyclable gift bags and wrap can be serious causes of stress. If your weekly garbage output is typically quite minimal, it can be a bit of a shock to witness the overflow that comes with all the goings-on of December.


In order to help alleviate some of that stress, we’ve rounded up a few links to give you some alternative ideas for gift wrapping that will have the super-recycler in you feeling pumped! It is possible!


The Art of Simple has some great examples of wrapping ideas that don’t add to landfill. Things like cloth wrapping “paper” that can even become part of the gift, using plain (recyclable) paper that you can decorate yourself, or reusable containers that can be great for edible holiday gifts (think homemade cookies or jars of delicious soup!)

Handy ideas! Photo from The Art of Simple.

Inhabitat also has some great ideas that incorporate reusable – and useful – items like flowerpots, old calendars or maps (interesting!) and reusable gift bags, and EcoCult offers 15 eco-friendly gift wrap ideas and a list of everyday household items that we all have lying around that can make excellent additions to gifts and gift wrapping.


Finally, of course, we also have the fabulous Aveda gifts at Willow that come prepackaged in sustainable, reusable and recyclable paper packages, which not only take the stress away from excess packaging, they also can take the stress out of gift buying in the first place. Beautifully wrapped already, and with amazing Aveda products inside, what could be better?!

If you were worried about all that Christmas morning clutter and overpackaging making your household waste limits climb, we hope this look at some alternative ways to wrap those holiday gifts has hit the spot for you.


And, if you are already a reusable item gift wrapper, we would love to hear your ideas! Leave us a comment with your tips on how to eliminate as much waste as possible this holiday season!


Thanks for reading, everyone. Wishing you a simple, easy, rest of the week, and we’ll chat again on Friday.


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Start the Party with These Glam Looks

It’s Friday, friends! And not just any Friday, but if you’re in the festive spirit, it might just be holiday party Friday…and Saturday…and maybe even Sunday. Whew, there truly is no rest for the festive!


The holiday shindigs just keep on comin’, don’t they? And, whether you’re heading out to a formal corporate event, keeping it lowkey with drinks with friends, or even, potentially a children’s Christmas party, you’re going to want to find a look that works for you.


And that’s where Aveda’s YouTube channel can come in really, really handy! Get holiday glam with Aveda hair and makeup tutorials and DIY ideas, and shake up your hair and makeup routine to say farewell to 2018.


Two of our faves right now are below. We LOVE the elegant pompadour for the holiday season! It’s vintage and retro, but with a modern twist. If you decide to try that out, PLEASE show us photos of that awesome mile-high ‘do.


We are also a little bit in love with the Holiday Rose Plum Full Face Makeup Tutorial (that’s a mouthful) because it’s glamorous but understated at the same time, using some lovely, wintery colours and really bringing the glow.


Wherever your plans take you this weekend and throughout the rest of the holidays, check the Aveda YouTube channel on a regular basis for hair and makeup inspiration. There are dozens of looks just waiting for you!

Enjoy the weekend everyone, we’ll chat again on Tuesday!


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